Saturday, April 4, 2009

Quilt Marking with Blue Washout Marker, Carolina Lily Quilt

Some quilts require a more formal approach to quilting designs. To me, that means the designs are regular and near-identical in size and shape. Striking terror in the hearts of MANY longarm quilters, the design must be marked in some manner.

tools required:
  • doctor paper, or some other strong paper for design work
  • blue washout marker
  • stiletto (for sewing - NOT a pair of sexy shoes)
  • soft surface, ie. foam, styrofoam, ironing board
  • old toothbrush & plain (plain) water

I start by making a design on 'doctor paper' - the stuff on the bed in the doctor's office that you lay on when you go for your bi-annual you-know-what. It is thin, translucent and strong. After all, it can support MY butt without tearing.

I lay the pattern on a hunk of foam (or styrofoam, or an ironing board). Using a stiletto I poke holes approximately every half inch.

I lightly pin the holey pattern on to the quilt top and use a blue washout marker to put little blue dots on the top.

I use Clover markers.

Quilt, using the dots as a guideline.

Remove the dots with a bit of water on a toothbrush. You can also purchase a pen filled with water, from Clover.

Ta Da!!

As a caution, ALWAYS TEST THAT THE MARKER WILL DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY. I use an inside seam allowance to make a few marks on EVERY different fabric which will be marked. I leave the marks overnight and remove them the next day. If they come out I feel confident to mark a quilt.


  1. That is so cool. I'm going to get some doctor paper and try that as I'm never good at freehand. Thanks for the info.

  2. Okay Helen, I think I can do this one. Maybe for the darn Dirty Dozen



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